Servant of the Shard Mass Market Paperback – Jul 1 2001
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Think of it as Drowfellas. Backstabbing and internecine intrigue abound as the ambitious members of a shady organization (in this case, the dark-elf mercenary band Bregan D'aerthe) vie for power, struggle to fend off reprisals, and generally cause all sorts of trouble. Themes of redemption and moral metamorphosis keep the plot moving, accompanied by intermittent bursts of spectacular, cinematic violence.
The Servant of the Shard, the immediate follow-up to The Spine of the World and The Silent Blade, is the long-awaited exposition on the history of Artemis Entreri. But perhaps more importantly, Servant of the Shard brings us the brilliant, bang-up pairing of master assassin Entreri and Bregan D'aerthe godfather Jarlaxle, filling out a deadly triangle with the bloodthirsty artifact Crenshinibon. (The rest--more magic items, tons of cool spells and psionics thanks to Rai-guy and Kimmuriel Oblodra, cameos from The Cleric Quintet, and a blow-out finale with an ancient red dragon--well, that's all just icing on the cake.)
The big question, which hopefully won't have to be asked again after this title: Can Bob Salvatore really pull off another Drizzt Do'Urden book without Drizzt? Without a doubt. Anybody who wasn't won over by the Wulfgar-centric Spine of the World should come away more than satisfied with The Servant of the Shard. Grumbling and hammer-hurling (courtesy of Wulfgar) might not be your thing, but Drizzt does have an equal in Entreri when it comes to perplexed introspection and predictably dazzling swordplay. If nothing else, Salvatore is merely collecting on investments he's made in his previous 17 Forgotten Realms novels--after laying such a strong foundation with solid plots and characterizations, it should come as no surprise that we're instantly sucked into a story that brings a couple of formerly supporting characters to front stage center. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The most interesting and attractive part of this book was the interaction between Entreri and his friends. Yes, he actually has friends. Strange considering his line of work, but it's great that Entreri's finally mellowing in his "old" age. His relationship with Dwahvel is so enlightening. We see the human side of the assassin that was lacking before because of his obsession with Drizzt. And, of course, Entreri and Jarlaxle together are just a couple of goofballs. Loveable, charming, but deadly goofballs. I love 'em. :-D
I can't wait for more books in the adventures of Entreri and Jarlaxle.
Now, before I go rambling on about how great the story and all that jazz in this book is, I need to express that I am a supporter of all that is good in this world and the imaginary ones we create. True to that, I had a little trouble reading a book purely about liars, assassins, thieves, and heartless mercenarys. At least in the beginnning. The wicked complexity of the book caught me very quickly and soon I was a die hard fan of both main characters.
Back to my main point, the book is about Jarlaxle coming into possession of the crystal shard. On a sub-level, it's about Entreri coming to terms with the fact that he is human, and he is getting older. Worried that the world will pass him by and he will end up in the gutter of Calimshan because he could not protect himself, Entreri makes moves to regain his position in the ring of street lords. Whilest his plans advance smoothly, Jarlaxle hits a few snags and runs into some problems with the Shard(much as Alkar Kessell did). It falls ultimately to Entreri to play as a balancer and not the self absorbed bad guy in the latter parts of the tale.
Combat in the book is thrilling, as usual, jeweled daggers and throwing knives abound and the assassin acquires a few new toys that are very amusing. Hopefully,(at least in my opinion) this is the beginning of more books about the assassin or maybe the eccentric Jarlaxle. Who knows but Mr. Salvatore himself? I've got my fingers crossed. Regardless, this is a great book and plays in well with some of the other books that are near it in the series. A little treasure to keep close to the darker corners of your mind from the world of Faerun.
As always, Salvatore spins an enjoyable tale, and he continues the more intriguing plotlines that are the hallmark of "mature Salvatore"- his writings from Legacy of the Drow on. No longer content just to regurgitate the same stories of his predecessors, Salvatore engages the reader with a far more intelligent story. He rises above the pack of "shared world" fiction with refreshing style- one can tell that Salvatore enjoys writing his novels as much as his readers enjoy reading them.
All in all, another fine book. Hopefully Drizzt is in the next one!
Truelly a thrilling read, i can't wait to read another novel about the adventures of Jarlaxle and Entriri.
(PS. those of you who have read the previous Drizzt books you will find a very interesting surprise about a certain bald headed drow's backround, not gonna tell you what though)
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Anything "Forgotten Realms" that R.A. Salavore writes, I read. Were this not the case, I might well never have bought, let alone read, this particular book. Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by Adam Gonnerman
Ihave read every Drizzt book and this is, byfar, my favorite. While others delve into the Drow Sociaty lightly, this one is all about the Drow. Read morePublished on May 3 2004
Triumphant conclusion of Paths of Darkness. As the last in this series was much better than its predecessor, so is this. Arguably RAS best work. Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by dnoyeB
I hesitated about picking up this book especially because I'm so busy and I thought "Well this is just another Drizzt book. Read morePublished on April 28 2004 by patrick shyu
I was rather disapointed with The Spine of the World, and this book started off a bit slow. But after I got fifty pages into it, and I was wrapped up in all the intringue, lies,... Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2004
this book was just to good for words in my opinion. i was a fan of Artemis Entreri since I first saw him in "Streams of Silver" and this book just increased my love of... Read morePublished on Dec 6 2003
When I first bought this book, and realized Drizzt wasn't in it, I was almost ready to return it, and then I saw **starry eyes** it starred Artemis Entreri! Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2003
I am an absolute fan of the whole Drizzt series. However, after the Legacy of the Drow series, The Silent Blade began to dull Drizzt's luster a bit. Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2003 by Ebbyman